The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced the six official selections for the 2011 New Directors/New Films Film Festival running March 23 – April 3,2011.
Representing six countries from around the world, the initial six selections are Pia Marais’ AT ELLEN’S AGE (Germany), (Canada), Denis Villeneuve’s INCENDIES (Canada/France), Bogdan George Apetri’s OUTBOUND (Periferic) (Romania), Nicolás Pereda’s SUMMER OF GOLIATH (Verano de Goliat) (Mexico) and Hongqi Li’s WINTER VACATION (Han jia) (China).
Villeneuve’s INCENDIES is the anticipated follow-up to his multiple Genie Award-winning POLYTECHNIQUE; Marais’ AT ELLEN’S AGE comes on the heels of her film THE UNPOLISHED, which won Rotterdam’s Tiger Award, among other prizes; and Hongqi Li’s WINTER VACATION is the director’s third feature, following ROUTINE HOLIDAY, and SO MUCH RICE, which won the Locarno International Film Festival’s Netpac Award.
Côté’s CURLING is the latest from a director very familiar to those on the film festival scene (ALL THAT SHE WANTS and DRFTING STATES were both past award winners at the Locarno Film Festival), and Pereda’s SUMMER OF GOLIATH is the latest from the critically acclaimed Mexican director with four titles under his belt prior to reaching his 30th birthday.
Making his feature film debut with OUTBOUND, Apetri was assisted on the screenplay by Tudor Voican (CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’), Cristian Mungiu (4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS) and Ioana Uricaru (TALES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE).